ENGINEERING DESIGN SUMMER CAMPS

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Summer Camps in 2022 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2022:

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All in-person camps scheduled for June, July, and August 2020 at Colorado School of Mines have been canceled due to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic.

Engineering Design Summer Camps (Grades 10 through 12) offers 1 REMOTE camp this summer.

Engineering Design Summer Camps

Registration opens February 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST!

These camps, designed for those entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall of 2022, provide exposure to real-world problem solving in a team environment and provide opportunities to learn design skills that are applicable to many fields of engineering.

Please be sure to check the grade levels associated with each camp, since not all camps are available for all grade levels.

Registration for these camps opens Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00 am MDT.

Engineering Project Camps

What is the engineering design process?

Engineering Design is a means to solving open-ended problems. It is a life skill that can be applied to many other situations – not just the technical world of engineering. Students will be challenged to invent, to create, to design, and to build. They will experience the satisfaction of an exciting activity, resulting in their very own unique product. They will learn to listen to and to respect the ideas of their teammates. And most of all, they will learn the confidence to resolve their own open-ended problems, and the ability to apply engineering concepts to them.

Goals and Objectives

The mission of the camp is to offer high school students an opportunity to participate in a creative challenge as they explore the world of engineering. The goal of the camp is to guide participants through a fun and rewarding hands-on experience of authentic engineering design practices. The expected outcomes of this program address the fundamentals of the engineering design process.

Schedule and Activities

A team spends the first two days brainstorming ideas, defining specifications, and selecting its best design. The team creates sketches (portfolio) and describes its designs (project plan). Once the design is approved, the team builds the apparatus from its drawings and specifications. On Friday it assesses the performance of its design.

Summer Camps are coming soon!

The pandemic continues to impact our ability to plan and schedule our Summer Camps program for Summer 2021, but we hope to have full information available soon. Please visit this website often to stay up to date.

Rube Goldberg     Grade Fall 2022

When: July 25 - July 29, 2022 :: (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $515.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

As a journalist, Rube Goldberg observed things resulting from nature, having a keen eye for things we have made. He recognized the value of nature in terms of the things society builds. Through his designs, Goldberg combined form and function to build complex gadgets to perform simple tasks. His products frequently involved multiple tasks integrating chain reactions and balance. This summer, we challenge your team to design and build a creative and complex device to perform a simple task. The project will require creativity to generate, process, store, and distribute energy.

Turning Head Project     Grades Fall 2022

When: August 1-5, 2022 :: (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $515.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

Robot movement relies on sensor-motor control, operations employ touch, sonic sensors control the motor functions required to turn the head, and motor control dictates the movement of the robot. The goal of this project is to design and construct a robotic head that tracks the approach of a person and turns without human interference to look at the person. We encourage you to consider the advantages of using gears to improve the speed of the movement. To document your turning head, the team presents its unique design through both a demonstration and a 1-minute story on the final day.

Gravity Vehicle Challenge     Grade Fall 2022

When: August 8-12, 2022 :: (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $515.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

The Gravity Vehicle Challenge creates a classic engineering problem. It emphasizes concepts of force, energy, and power. The focus requires the team to identify alternative systems that convert potential energy into kinetic energy. The team may use any mechanical concept but may not use humans to power the vehicle. The performance of the vehicle will be primarily evaluated on distance, accuracy, and precision.

Registration for the REMOTE SolidWorks™ camp is open now!

SolidWorks™     Grades Fall 2022

Session I*

When: July 18-22, 2022 :: (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $525.00

Instructor: Dedi SadagoriLearn more...

Dedi Sadagori has an academic background in engineering, finance, and economics. He was an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines from 2006 to 2017 teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SolidWorks™ in the Design EPICS program. In 2015-2017 he was also responsible for SolidWorks™ field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department. More than 4,000 students have been certified in SolidWorks™ (at the associate and professional levels) under his instruction. Mr. Sadagori is passionate about teaching students at all levels.

Session II*

When: July 25-29, 2022 :: (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $525.00

Instructor: Dedi SadagoriLearn more...

Dedi Sadagori has an academic background in engineering, finance, and economics. He was an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines from 2006 to 2017 teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SolidWorks™ in the Design EPICS program. In 2015-2017 he was also responsible for SolidWorks™ field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department. More than 4,000 students have been certified in SolidWorks™ (at the associate and professional levels) under his instruction. Mr. Sadagori is passionate about teaching students at all levels.

Session III*

When: August 1-5, 2022 :: (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $525.00

Instructor: Dedi SadagoriLearn more...

Dedi Sadagori has an academic background in engineering, finance, and economics. He was an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines from 2006 to 2017 teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SolidWorks™ in the Design EPICS program. In 2015-2017 he was also responsible for SolidWorks™ field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department. More than 4,000 students have been certified in SolidWorks™ (at the associate and professional levels) under his instruction. Mr. Sadagori is passionate about teaching students at all levels.

 

* Sessions I and II, and III are the same camp, but offered multiple weeks.

This camp will introduce a tool to build and make parametric models of parts and assemblies. Learn with a computer-based tool, through a software program called SolidWorks™ by Dassault Systems, which allows for creative modelling and visualization. SolidWorks™ is an integral part of engineering design and/or problem solving. Students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math will enjoy this course, because it will guide them to support and improve their 3D design skills and make their conceptual ideas come to life. The software is very versatile and fun to use, you will be excited by the challenges you are given. The opportunity to become a Certified SolidWorks™ Associate (CSWA) will be given on the final day, this is an industry known certification.

Camps may be cancelled if a minimum number of registrations is not reached.

Prerequisites

To participate in the summer 2022 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2022.

Lodging and accommodations

On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your enrollment prior to May 15, 2022, your registration fee minus $50 for each camp canceled will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment after May 15, 2022 but at least two weeks (fourteen days) prior to the start of each camp, your registration fee minus $100 for each camp canceled will be refunded. No refund will be given for cancellations within two weeks prior to the start of each camp.

No partial refunds will be given because of absences, no-shows, or other reasons for not attending the complete camp session.

More information

For more information about Engineering Design Camp activities and expectations, please contact:

Teacher Enhancement Program
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.384.2692
Email: te@mines.edu

Registration

The following registration options are available:

  • Register for the camp and charge the full registration fee to your credit card online. Registration is limited to the maximum number of students shown in each camp description.
  • If the camp has filled, you can place your name on the waiting list. Please do not hesitate to use the waiting list as we typically get a few cancellations as summer approaches and plans change.
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